Archdeacon withdraws within weeks of appointment

Date: Friday 15th July 2016

THE new Archdeacon of Carlisle, the Rev. Jonathan Brewster, has withdrawn from the position less than a month after his appointment.

Mr. Brewer, who is 49, was named as the new archdeacon in mid-June, but on Friday a statement about his withdrawal was distributed to the press.

In it, a spokesman stated: “The diocese of Carlisle can confirm that the Rev. Jonathan Brewster, recently appointed the next Archdeacon of Carlisle, has withdrawn his application.

“We wish to thank Jonathan and his family for the time they have spent exploring the ministry opportunities in Cumbria. Our prayers go with them for the future and for Jonathan’s continued ministry.

“The diocese will be looking to fill the position of Archdeacon of Carlisle at the earliest opportunity.”

No reason has been given for Mr. Brewster’s decision to withdraw. He had been due to begin his ministry in Cumbria in September, having previously been vicar at Highbury, London, as well as an area dean and acting archdeacon.

Prior to ordination, Mr. Brewster, a married man with four children, taught in southern India and studied for an HND in business management at University College, Buckinghamshire, where he was also president of the Christian Union. He worked for an underwriting syndicate at Lloyd’s of London and later studied for a BA in theology at Trinity College, Bristol, and completed an MA in systematic theology at Kings College, London, in 2001.

He was ordained into the ministry in 1994 in the diocese of Bradford. From 1998 to 2003, he led an ecumenical chaplaincy team as university chaplain in Westminster before taking up his latest parish position. He also served as assistant director of ordinands in the diocese of London from 2011 to 2014.

Mr. Brewster was to have succeeded the Venerable Kevin Roberts, who, in January, was appointed the new director of Christian charity ReSource, living in Wells, Somerset.

The Venerable Chris Sims has been interim Archdeacon of Carlisle and is expected to continue in that role until another appointment is made.